Latvian corruption perceptions index slightly up last year

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The Latvian Corruption perceptions index (CPI) increased by one point last year, Latvian Radio reported January 28.

Organization against corruption "Delna" leader Inese Tauriņa said that over the past five years, the index in Latvia has essentially stagnated.

"In 2020, Latvian CPI is 57, which is one point more than in 2019. But it is one point less than two years ago. All in all, since 2014, these results are stagnating and the fight against corruption in the public sector doesn't really happen," said Tauriņa.

On  January 28, Transparency International announces its annual Corruption Perceptions Index worldwide. Transparency International is a global movement working in over 100 countries to end the injustice of corruption, according to its website.

Latvia finds itself in a less-than-spectacular joint 42nd place among 180 countries included in the Index, alongside Costa Rica and Cyprus. However, its score has improved by 8 points since 2012.

Estonia is the highest-placed of the Baltic states in joint 17th place alongside Iceland with a CPI score of 75. Lithuania is in joint 35th place alongside Slovenia, Israel, Brunei and Botswana with a CPI score of 60.

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks 180 countries an territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts, using a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 is very corrupt and 100 is very clean.



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